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VSLC Programs & Events

Volunteer and service learning center

In addition to supporting and staying informed about all volunteer opportunities on campus,
the Volunteer and Service Learning Center also sponsors a number of programs and events. 


Make a difference in the life of a child.  Become a Big Brother or Sister through the national organization and join the community of Bigs here at Boston College.



This is a unique opportunity for first year students to volunteer weekly in Greater Boston with other members of their class.  Students can choose from one of eleven placements.


BC Catholic Relief Services Student Ambassadors

A group of committed undergraduate students who take an active interest in issues related to social justice, human rights, global solidarity, and a "faith that does justice". The BC CRS Student Ambassadors form part of a network of students throughout the country mobilizing campuses through educational efforts, responses to international crises, and legislative advocacy. Send an email to the BC CRS group coordinator to learn more and get involved. 



This is an on-campus, weekly volunteer opportunity that matches BC students with BC employees who are English language learners.  Partners work together on language skills.  Email the ELL tutoring coordinator for more information.



A unique program that combines, under one umbrella, a variety of programs that work with children.  Mount Alvernia is a school-based program offering weekly opportunities inside and outside the classroom.  Mentoring Through the Arts is a Friday afternoon program in a K-8 school teaching art on a weekly basis.  Activity Booklets for Children happens on campus and asks volunteers to help put together activity packets for children in local hospitals.  BC Pen Pals matches BC students with children in local elementary school classrooms for a year of writing letters back and forth.


Jamaica Mustard Seed

The Jamaica Mustard Seed service trip travels each spring break to Kingston, Jamaica to work with Mustard Seed Communities. In keeping with Mustard Seed's mission of "Caring for the Most Vulnerable," students will spend the week working with children and adults with disabilities, as well as with other marginalized persons. Participants will meet weekly throughout the year to learn about Jamaica and the work of Mustard Seed, to raise funds for the trip, and to prepare spiritually as a team.  Applications for spring break 2019 will be due in September. If you are interested in learning more about applying for the trip please fill out this form. If you have any questions, please email Betsy Fountain, the staff leader for the trip.



L’Arche communities in the United States provide homes and workplaces where people with and without intellectual disabilities live and work together as peers, create inclusive communities of faith and friendship, and transform society through relationships that cross social boundaries. Students interested in visiting with members of the Boston North Shore L'Arche community can contact Dan Ponsetto.



Faculty and staff are invited to participate in this week-long immersion experience to Nicaragua.  The Center for Global Education hosts the group and provides opportunities to connect with local communities; to meet political, medical, and education figures, and to learn more about the history of, and the hope for, the second poorest country in the western hemisphere.


Relay for Life of Boston College is a nationally recognized Relay event that takes place each spring on campus.  From 6pm to 6am, students gather to celebrate those who have beaten cancer, remember those whom we have lost, and fight back against the disease that affects so many.  Relay is the largest non-sports event on campus and brings together people who are passionate about working towards a world with more birthdays and less cancer.



The VSLC hosts a volunteer fair for students to find volunteer opportunities with student organizations in September, or community organizations in the Greater Boston area in January or February.


This run honors Welles R. Crowther, '99 BC grad and 9/11 hero, and has become a tradition at Boston College.  Each fall hundreds of runners and walkers join Welles' family and friends to remember and celebrate his life and legacy.  The BC community is invited to participate in this wonderful event by running, walking, or volunteering.


As the mission of the Volunteer and Service Learning Center states, "the Center supports the education and formation of our students by promoting conscientious service in the context of Catholic social teaching and contemporary Jesuit education."  With this goal in mind, the VSLC has developed learning outcomes for our programs in the hopes that all of our students learn something about themselves and about others through programs and events we offer. 


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